Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Are you ready to take the plunge and go Pixie?

Dreaming of a chic short pixie cut?
Or still deciding if its right for you?

Read on to decide!


I do believe that every girl, no matter what their style should at least try some version of a pixie cut... the feeling you get as your precious locks are being hacked from your head is one of sheer terror, panic and involves thoughts of running out of that salon as fast as your fabulous heels will take you... The feeling afterwards however is GREAT. Yes you can no longer 'swish' but now you look damn sassy! The FREEDOM! The time you spent frying your hair with straighteners and curlers is over and your free to literally, just climb out of bed and go..because pixie cut bed hair is sexy, think Halle Berry...

But are you ready?!?!

You no longer do anything with your hair apart from put it in a ponytail or occasionally straighten it. Its in a pretty bad shape, roots need fixing and to be honest, there are more split ends than there are healthy ones...

You argue, you cant style short hair like you can long hair...and thats kinda the point, no more heat, no more hours spent curling, fewer hours spent washing and drying your precious weave (and having to unclog the drain every time you shower). No, you cant french plait a pixie cut, and you cant have long flowing curls, but hey, how often do you do that anyway??

Still in a quandary eh?

Sometimes it good to be impulsive and take a chance on something. Think it wont suit you? Well like long hair, there are many different styles of short hair. Think about Miley's hair compared to Jennifer Lawrence's? Completely different. Think about what you like and what you dont and ask your stylist what shape they think would suit your face shape...and if they are hesitant, tell them to go screw themselves and find a real stylist, its your hair you can do as you want... (i once had a hairdresser who, whenever i went in to get a new hairstyle, no matter what i asked for, id come out with a boring, flat, bob... some stylists are great at one cut, but too hesitant to try something new).



















I have decided to once again, for the THIRD time, to chop off all my hair...

Hair History
So my first pixie cut was an asymmetrical pixie, with one side cut as short as it could go with scissors and a comb, with the other side longer, with the longest piece to the bottom of my ear. I also had my hair colour black with red stripes...I adored this haircut....

I grew it out so far, so the longest layer was to my shoulder, and then bleached it all and it went so very wrong! I figured id have a trim to tidy it up a bit, but my hair dresser thought it best to start anew and chopped off all my hair even buzzing the back of it... yes my hair was no the blonde i had originally aimed for, but now i didnt have any of it left... i was not a happy bunny.
I guess the reason i hated this so much was because i didnt go in the salon expecting to come out bald. 
I didnt plan on having my hair buzzed off.
I was in no mental state to appreciate the simplicity and ease of a pixie cut...id just been scalped.
It was winter...
I was cold...
I could feel the wind on my scalp...

Ironically, my dad who hates all my wild hair do's LOVED this cut... as did everyone else...i never heard any bad criticism about it, apart from my brother who just teased me about being practically bald... i then dyed it pink and loved it...
Until it grew out...and i went back to get a restyle and my hairdresser fucked my hair up so bad... so very awfully dreadfully wrong... that i was in deep depression with my hair for about 6 months and refused to have even a trim as not to loose any new growth. This obviously made it worse as i had a mullet... which is never sexy..not even on Billy Ray Cyrus... 

It took me a while to grow it out...and i vowed never to cut my hair off again...

Yet here i am! Planning on cutting it all off again! And why might you ask? Because i secretly loved the attention i got from having such an extreme haircut (i was in college where all the girls had girl, long flowing curls). I also loved how quick and simple things were...hair coloring styling washing and drying takes half the time it does with long hair. 
And i suppose this time, im not going in blind... i know what to expect, i know how to handle it, and i know, regular trims are my friend... not the enemy! Avoid a mullet at all costs...

Its summer, its too hot to have long hair, and i too lazy to do anything with it, and im so bored of my hair... i want to cut it all off and im excited to try out all the different styles that i can wear for different occasions! 

Pixie cuts are stylish and sexy, there chic and sassy, they ooze confidence and sophistication... And i cant wait to get mine!! ......again.....


Mwuah!! xxx

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Why i think everyone should be sentenced to at least a year in a Customer Service related job!

You people have no idea of the daily rage a person working in a customer service related job goes through...

I work in a Health and Beauty store as Team Leader...this means i work both on the shop floor and run the shop on days when management have days off...

This means that when a customer comes in to complain/return/exchange/moan about something, it is I who has the joy of dealing with them..

Now not every customer is a pain, we have very lovely regulars, and very nice customers who make the job worthwhile, however, with the good comes the bad...

Let me explain...


1. The 'Im right and you're wrong' customer

Now this person is perhaps one of the less infuriating but more irritating people to grace me with their presence....
Theres a lot more to a shop then just serving customers and sometimes, things get overlooked. Take for instance, a price change, these come through practically everyday, and pretty much all tags are changed once a month, this means, some can get lost, or misplaced, or not changed due to an error, or perhaps a small child has run out the store with a handful of new tags leaving all the wrong ones on display which where behind them (yep, seen this happen multiple times). 
Now customer A here, brings an item to the till. It gets scanned and at this point A is pointing out that this item, is in fact, the wrong price. (This is where i get summoned to the till point). I then check the price tag and explain the situation...

This is where it goes two ways... Customer A either lets me finish my sentence and i over ride the transaction, or Customer A starts on a rant of 'thats the price on the shelf by law you have to sell it to me for that price, customers always right, cant get the staff these days blah blah blaahh...''

CORRECTION! You are wrong. The law doesnt say any such thing, the tag price is what is called an 'invitation to buy' you only accept this at the till when you pay for an item, we as a store are under no obligation to sell you the item at the price on the ticket, however we do as a GOODWILL gesture....Check Contract Law people, this is true... (A* in Law bitches, dont mess with me!) 

However i cant say any of this as it would be unprofessional and rude and the customer is always right.... yeahh...sure...(grit teeth, smile and say have a great day!!)


2. The 'This is wrong and its YOUR fault' customer

Let me tell you a story: I was off work on promo day (the day all the tags are changed, new offers start and the shop is slightly rearranged with new products) therefore i had no involvement in the stock movements at all nor did i know what had to be where...I come into work the day after and the bell has rung, so i go answer it (big smiles, people!). The women at the till is complaining that the shampoo she wants to buy has come up at the wrong price, i check and realise that whoever was in charge of that particular gondola end, has put the wrong size shampoo with the wrong tag. I explain this to the lady and apolagise that this was an error and id be happy to exchange them for the cheaper, smaller sized bottles. She refuses and continues to tell me its disgusting and that i should make sure things are in the right place and that whilst i was standing there i may as well change them round so no one else is affected by this as its disgraceful.... 

okaaaay, so firstly, the print out we get for the promo is very small, you need a damn magnifying glass to read it and on top of that, half the time they dont have the size written on it as its all in abbreviations! Regardless of that i still would have accepted this and apologized and offered the exchange (a price change isnt generally immediately offered in this case unless for a specific reason). Yet the fact she still continued to shake her head at me and tell me it was no good just made me think why do i bother? I then offered to change the price explaining that i actually shouldnt be doing this but again, its a gesture of GOODWILL and she just said ''well you better, because im not happy at all, ridiculous it is!''

Thank you lady, for blaming me for something i wasnt even presant for, or have any hand in...of course its my fault...i work here so it must be...

3. The 'well cant you order it? Why not? How stupid' customer

Simple and short. Somethings out of stock, has been for a while. Theres not a lot we can do, especially if its a long term stockout, other stores wont have it either.
Customer A comes in looking for it and again, approaches the till, ''This is the fourth week ive been in and the item i want is still not in stock? Why?' i explain. ''Well thats just not good enough! i come in here regular, cant you do something? Cant you order it in for me?''  See thats the thing with a stock out...NO WHERE HAS IT! So no. I cant. ''Well thats disgraceful, this is no good, wheres the number to customer services? This is ridiculous'' 

So yeah....im sorry, i cant do anything, if i could i would, now please, cease complaining and holding up the queue...( i should probably say i have never been rude to a customer, ive never told them to leave, but sometimes people are just rude for no reason!)

4. The 'ive decided i dont want this, instead of putting it back, ill just shove it in the most inconceivable place 2 feet away' customer.

Admit it...you've all done it.... seen something better and just dumped whatever you had where ever you are and walk off....

Now this is annoying, especially in a small shop like what i work in, i can kind of understand it in large store, but in a small shop, please, just put it back.
Whats more infuriating is the people that decide to put an item like 1 foot away from its right place! Like its literally within reaching distance and yet, they still cant manage to put it in its right place! What makes it worse are the ones who somehow manage to wedge the item right at the back of a stand, or behind something, which clearly, took a lot of effort to wedge there, and therefore, why not use that extra effort and PUT THE DAMN THING BACK IN THE RIGHT PLACE YOU DOUCHE! 
You have no idea how irritating this is! It actually causes problems for us in regards to stock management, and some things are date coded which means we have to record them weekly, if we cant find them due to them not being put back, and we miss them and they are supposed to be recorded, we as a shop can get fined... Next time, im gonna come into YOUR home and move all your stuff around, see how you like it! 

5. The 'id rather try before i buy..and paint on your wall' customer

This is the person who will be hovering around the cosmetics looking at the pretty colours, and then instead of just looking, will then proceed to open up an item, regardless as to whether there is a tester available, and continue to test the product on themselves, the stand or even the damn wall... Not only is this really gross, theres a reason things have seals, its this little thing called HYGIENE. You wouldnt want to buy a product that had been used by someone else? Also, once a seal is broken we cant sell it! We have to destroy and therefore lose money! THANKS...

Oh and whilst we're on this subject...you people that spray deodorants and sprays. These dont have testers, therefore, this means dont test. Why you then continue to spray them is beyond me... If you then buy the one you sprayed, all is forgiven. If however you are that person who sprays and then PICKS UP THE CAN BEHIND, the one you didnt spray, then FUCK YOU! Its sooooo annoying and again, YOU wouldn't want to buy something that's been half used! Dont friggin do it!!!

6. The 'I dont have the receipt, but believe me, i bought it from here'' cusotmer

This is the person who will march in the store, already angry, demanding a refund for something that didnt live up to their expectations, normally if you have a receipt, we will change it for you or refund it. If however, you do not have have a receipt and its not an own brand product, things get complicated, we can offer an exchange, but only in some cases. This customer will demand their money back, and refuses an exchange, and insists they bought it from this store, even going into detail of the day they came, the weather and the vague description of the person that served them... Again as goodwill an exchange will be offered IF the product being bought back is able to be resold. This customer will still rant and rave and demand to see a manager, anyone but you who is clearly too incompetent to deal with them, only to be told the same thing by management, after which they either begrudgingly accept or storm out the shop exclaiming they'll be complaining and and will no longer shop here again...

Thank god for that...

7. The customer who tuts, sighs and slams things on the counter because they were not served immediately. 

Pretty self explanatory really. Again it is not my fault everyone decided to come to the till at the same time and a queue formed and that i am the only other member of staff on as my manager is in the office busy....

Whilst on this subject, a customer once spoke to me very rudely just because i spoke to my colleague whilst she was serving her, to inform her of an important piece of information. The women turned to me and in a very rude tone, 'im being served here' (rolls eyes) then proceeds to rant on at my colleague about how never in her life had she been asked to move tills (curse the thought! the till was out of change so i went to get more) and how she was disgusted and what was my name and where could she find the number to customer services? 

I still dont see what was wrong in politely asking her if she minded moving tills whilst i got more change?

8. The customer who breaks shit and says nothing

If you break something, please just say, ive never once demanded a customer pay for a broken item if broken on accident, im grateful they told me as spillages are a health and safety risk.
However those who break shit and just leave are just god damn rude... i mean, i then get another customer telling me ive got a mess down aisle one and should probably clean it, only to see a massive puddle of green shower gel all over the floor and dripping down all 5 shelves where the person who broke it not only ran away but also put it back on the shelf after it broke so it makes an even bigger mess! 
WELL DONE!!! 

Im sure there are many more i could write about but i cant think right now...
if your one one of these people then please take a moment to think about the people behind the till.
We are here to help you, not make life difficult so please, dont make it hard for us.
I totally get it if you have a sour faced checkout person who clearly doesn't give a shit, but of you're greeted with a smile and clearly see that this person is trying to help then give us a break... chill out, anger gives you wrinkles....


''i hope this post is taken with a pinch of salt! I dont wish to offend anyone and we all have our bad days but these are things ive noticed and encounter regularly, and yes i expect it working with the public, but that doesn't make it right and does not mean i cant have a rant about it!''


Mwuah!
xxx

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Scott Cornwall Colour Restore

I should have written this review ages ago... Sorry.

Okay so I was sent a box of the Colour Restore Deep Red by Scott Cornwall himself via his Facebook page! Yay me! So at the time of him sending it me I was still deciding on what colour to go and whilst my hair was a very faded red almost ginger (perfect base for this product) the longing to go a more alternative shade beckoned... So I went plum rendering the box if Deep Red useless...(i should have gone red, everything went downhill from then on, the plum went blue then that went green and then it wouldn't wash out my hair and I'm still trying to be rid of it!) 
Alas! It became useful again! After the plum incident, I was left with green hair and a lot of roots. I put I semi chocolate on it and nothing really happened, so I tried a maroon red which yay, worked only the green decide to rear it's ugly head again and thus I had a moment of genius... What counteracts green, red!!!  And what product did I have in my box of random half used/some never opened hair dyes? A deep red! A box of colour restore sent to me many months before that was now to be my saviour!! 

Thank you Scott, thank you!

So I slathered my head with this wonderful product... 

It claims to (and I quote!)  ''replenishes depleted red pigment levels in coloured hair''

Some pros here: contains no peroxide or ammonia.
Contains no harsh chemicals.
Gives conditioning benefits. 
Can be used for intense tonal restoration or just as a weekly wash in.
Simple to use, rinse through or leave in hair up to 25 minutes for deeper results.
Can be used immediately after bleaching or perming.

So it sounds perfect! No harsh chemicals and vibrant results? Yes please!

So I used it on my somewhat abismal green hair, in a hope it would at lease neutrilise some of the green! 

Some ravishing photos of my hair there...
It appears more blue in places... Because it is. But it's much more green on the ends then it shows!!

So I slathered my head in this stuff, left it for about 10 minutes? Maybe less ? I dunno I was in the shower I didn't have a watch.... The results? Well, lemme show you 

Please, do excuse my wifeys face buried in my bosom there... It was her 21st and the lighting shows the colour best... So, there you go....

It definitely restored it to a deep red!! I liked that it wasn't too RED red if you know what I mean, I mean my base was more brown so I guess that's why but it made it a lovely rich auburn sort of colour and it was great! Definitely did what it was intended for! And it covered the blue/green!! 

......The downside however is this: whether it was due to the product, or due to the porosity and damage in my hair, this only lasted a week, as in, I wash my hair once a week and if I didn't apply the product, it would wash straight out and if be left with shrek hair again. Now yes, it did say it can be used as a weekly wash in, however I did leave it on for longe let then a few minutes which I would assume meant that it would stay on the hair longer... Perhaps it's a misunderstanding on my part, or perhaps it's due to the fact that my hair was damaged so the product didn't last as long as it should have, I'll never know! However it is, in my humble opinion one of the best hair colour treatments I've ever used in regards to colour result and vibrancy! Especially since my base was all different colours, it certainly put this product to the test! 

So, is it worth buying?

YES. No doubt about it, it works. It's a nice formula, it's easy to use and is gives good results. It's a definite must have for your cupboard!

If it's so good, why have you stopped using it?

Well, it's simple. I'm bored of red hair. I used about a tablespoon or 2 each time I showered and I still have plenty left, it would have lasted me at least 2 more months which is awesome! I just don't have a need for it anymore!

Does it stain?

It doesn't stain your skin, as long as you wear gloves. I applied this in the shower so obviously when I rinsed the product went all over me but it didn't stain. It did however, stain my shower curtain, and did leave a stain on my scalp which was only visable at my parting and to be honest, not that big of a deal.

Where can one purchase this fabulous item?

This product can be purchased through www.boots.com or direct through Scott's website which also has handy guides and how to videos! Visit at: www.ColourRestore.co.uk 

Thanks for reading! 

Mwuah!
Xxx

Hair problems, weight issues and zombies...

Hello world, it's been a while. I've been fairly lazy recently in regards to my hobbies, I haven't even picked up a pencil and drawn anything for ages! That shit just ain't right... So I've told myself off and instead of vegetating and wallowing in self pity as I have been these past months I'm gonna make a fresh start....(again)... But do it properly this time!

So for starters I've been upset about a lot of things recently, I feel like I'm putting on weight, but this could be two things, firstly the only clothes that are feeling a bit too tight are the ones I've had since I was 16 (yep, still fit them) and I'm almost 21 now so it could be either I've put on weight or maybe my body is finally deciding it doesn't wish to resemble a preteen boy anymore. Or it could be the amount of chocolate I've been eating... O_o .... Part of this must be true considering the other day I tried on this new maxi dress I bought of eBay, and it was rather low cut, but I didn't realise how big my boobs had gotten! Even my mom said I've finally got a bust on me! Well, the women in my family are all cursed with HUGE boobs, like off the scale, I'm talkin big here people. I used to be a B cup, that was fine by me... I've now had to order a D cup.... Please boobies... Don't grow anymore!!! I can no longer fit size 10 clothes as the buttons don't do up over my breasticles!! No fun.

Secondly my hair... Ah yes I've made many posts on my hair and this one is no better, yes my hair has grown to the length I've been craving for since the mullet of 2012... But hair causes so many problems! Brushing for instance! I brush my hair once a day, an yet by the end of the day the underneath is matted because my hair is so thick! I had a haircut the other week to get rid of some of the split ends, and yet I CAN STILL SEE SPLIT ENDS!! And the style I had it cut in has disappeared! It now looks exactly the same as before! And to top it all off it's still GREEN!!!! :( whhhhhyy!!?? I used Scott Cornwall Colour Restore in Red and that was good, covered the majority of the green but it would wash straight out  so is have to keep applyin it everytime I washed my hair which I'm far to lazy for! 
Therefore I've made a decisions, I've spoke about this before, and have been thinking about it for months... I'm getting the whole lot chopped off... AGAIN... Only this time I'll do it properly. Have it Idyed blonde, get it trimmed regularly, style it appropriately and keep in mind that long hair is a pain in the ass... So yeah, pixie cut is the way forward... On a plus note, when the apocalypse comes short hair is more convienient! Just look at Carol from the Walking Dead!? Genius. 

Which leads me onto my next note.... I've become rather fixated on zombies and have decided to either write a blog or book about surviving the Apocalypse...  I feel I have great knowledge to bestow upon the world... Or at least i think I do! 

I'm gonna post on my hair next and do a review on that colour restore as it's handy to have in your cupboard!

Thanks !!

Mwuah!
Xxx